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Burnsville man guilty in Nobles County criminal sexual conduct case

A Nobles County jury has found a Burnsville man guilty of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to a press release from Nobles County Attorney Joseph Sanow, Andres Underhill was found guilty on Thursday of one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for incidents occurring between August 2014 and August 2016 in Nobles County. The victim was under 13 at the time of the offenses.

The case was tried by Special Assistant County Attorneys Andrew LeFevour and Mitchell Sell, both with Eckberg Lammers law firm. Sanow noted in his press release that LeFevour has tried more than 100 criminal cases in his 33-year career.

The trial began last Wednesday and lasted approximately a day and a half. The jury deliberated approximately four hours before returning its verdict of guilty on count 1. Sanow stated in the press release that it was a difficult case to try considering the allegations are six to eight years old.

Said Sanow: “The jury’s verdict was correct and justice was done. I want to thank the Worthington Police Department, the Child Advocacy Center, and Attorneys LeFevour and Sell for their tireless work on this case. I also thank the victim and her family for their willingness to talk to us about a highly traumatic experience and help us seek justice. It was not an easy thing for them to do.”

Sentencing will be set for a later date and time. Underhill faces up to 25 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.

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